Following are the top foreign stories at 1740 hrs

·3-min read

FGN55 US-ELECTION-2NDLDALL BIDEN Joe Biden pledges to unite America; calls for an end to 'grim era of demonisation' Washington: Pledging to be the president of all Americans, Joe Biden has sought an immediate end to the 'grim era of demonisation' in the deeply-polarised nation, as he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris celebrated their historic triumph over Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election.

FGN46 BIDEN-HARRIS-WORLD-REAX World leaders underline 'shared' priorities and values as they wish Biden and Harris Washington: Underlining the 'shared' values and priorities -- from climate change to trade and security -- leaders across the globe cheered the victory of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as they look forward to work together with America to combat the world's greatest challenges.

FGN44 US-ELECTION-TRUMP-KUSHNER Jared Kushner has approached President Trump about conceding the election: Reports Washington: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has approached the President about conceding the closely-fought election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to media reports on Sunday.

FGN43 WORLD-POLITICIANS-INDIANS Harris' victory latest in growing circle of Indian-origin lawmakers taking prominent roles across the globe New York: Kamala Harris, daughter of immigrants, scripted history as she broke the glass ceiling in the world's oldest democracy to be elected America's first Black and South Asian-descent woman Vice President, the latest entrant to a growing list of Indian-origin lawmakers rising the political ladder and occupying influential positions in governments across the world. FGN36 US-BIDEN-DEMOCRACY-SUMMIT Joe Biden plans to host a global Summit for Democracy in first year of presidency: policy paper Washington: During his first year of presidency, Joe Biden plans to bring together the democracies of the world by hosting a global Summit for Democracy to “renew the spirit and shared purpose” of the nations of the Free World, according to a policy paper issued by his campaign during the US presidential election.

FGN35 US-BIDEN-INDIANS-CITIZENSHIP Biden administration likely to provide US citizenship to over 500,000 Indians Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden will work towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, and will also establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees annually.

FGN28 US-BIDEN-VIRUS-TASKFORCE Indian-American Vivek Murthy expected to co-chair President-elect Biden’s coronavirus task force Washington: Indian-American physician Dr Vivek Murthy is expected to co-chair the coronavirus task force which President-elect Joe Biden is going to announce on Monday.

FGN27 US-BIDEN-H1B Biden plans to increase H-1B visa limit and remove country quota for green cards Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden plans to increase the number of high-skilled visas, including the H-1B, and eliminate the limit on employment-based visas by country, both of which are expected to benefit tens of thousands of Indian professionals impacted by some immigration policies of the outgoing Trump administration.

FGN58 US-BIDEN-DOGS POTUS-elect Biden to bring ‘DOTUS - Dogs of the United States’, to White House Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will bring two German Shepherds, including a rescue dog, to live with them in the White House, the first time in four years when pets are heading back to the famous Washington DC address.

FGN54 TRUMP-JERUSALEM-JOB Jerusalem Municipality offers Trump new employment options Jerusalem: With Donald Trump on his way out of the White House, Jerusalem Municipality has urged him 'not to worry' as it may have a number of open positions that he could be eligible to apply for, a media report here said. PTI PMS PMS